How Improv Can Teach You To Be Specific and Direct

How Improv Can Teach You To Be Specific and Direct

by Tracy Johnson

Be specific. Whether writing a book, a screenplay, a scene for a movie or a station promo, there’s one rule of thumb that always work. It is gold. The first lesson from improv is to be specific and descriptive.

In Improv, when doing a scene, if a performer says only, “I’m at a restaurant,” every single audience member could have a different image of where that scene takes place. One person might think fast food while another thinks a five-star Italian restaurant. The lack of specificity destroys common experiences. And, the other players have far less to work with.

But if they say “Thanks for meeting me at Pete’s Soda Fountain,” that says a lot. Suddenly, the audience visualizes an old-fashioned pharmacy counter from the 1950s and the actors can respond accordingly.

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